Mr. E. Biriucov, Secretary General of the PS IGC TRACECA and Mr. G. Karbelashvili, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia had a working meeting on May 18, 2011 in Tbilisi, Georgia

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The priority issues of cooperation in the context of development of the international transport corridor “Europe-Caucasus-Asia", strategic and integration prospects of the region as well as prospects for further participation of Georgia in the implementation of the idea of the Great Silk Road development have been discussed at the Meeting.   Mr. Georgi Karbelashvilli, National Secretary of Georgia, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development emphasized the importance that Georgia attaches to the initiatives introduced in the corridor, and the efforts that the country is making to improve transport and transport legislation.

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Taking into account the results of the First Investment Forum held in Brussels, on 12 October 2010, participants of the meeting discussed the preparation for the Second Investment Forum, stressed the necessity of joint efforts of all concerned national and international organizations to be made to develop transportation and increase the TRACECA corridor competitiveness and attractiveness.

Mr. Biriucov informed of the work of the Permanent Secretariat, and TRACECA countries on the preparation for the meeting of the Permanent Representatives (National Secretaries) of the PS IGC TRACECA. In this context, the issues of further reform of the structures of the IGC TRACECA, institutional strengthening of the corridor have been touched upon. The Meeting participants exchanged their views on the possibilities of coming to a common understanding with regards to the existing barriers on the way of freight transport along the TRACECA corridor. Secretary General emphasized the importance of the contribution of Georgia to the processes of development of the corridor, the promotion of best practices in the field of transport liberalization that the country employs.

Upon the outcomes of the meeting the meeting participants defined the main directions of joint activities aimed at the implementation of the basic provisions of the Basic Multilateral Agreement on International Transport for Development of the Europe-Caucasus-Asia corridor as well as the action plan for 2011 within the framework of chairmanship of the Republic of Moldova in the Intergovernmental Commission TRACECA.

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